Roger Federer on Maria Sharapova Ban: ‘There Should Be Zero Tolerance for Doping’

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2016 | 0

Just days after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) imposed a two-year ban on Maria Sharapova for failing Meldonium test, tennis superstar Roger Federer has called for zero tolerance on such incidents.

While Sharapova stresses that she had been using it on doctor’s prescription and was oblivious about its nature, Federer insists that one should be penalized regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

“I only heard the headlines; I didn’t quite get into all the details, but to me it’s about zero tolerance,” Federer said in the post-match interview following his second-round win at Mercedes Cup on Thursday.

“It doesn’t matter if they did it on purpose or not. I don’t really see the difference. You have to be 100 per cent sure of what’s going on, if you’re not, you’re going to be damned,” added the Swiss.

Meanwhile, Sharapova persevered that the decision was “unfair” and “harsh”, and that she will appeal the ITF verdict in the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

“I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS,” she wrote in an extensive note on her Facebook page.

Federer, however, opined the other way round. “Of course she’s got the right to fight the case, like everybody else as well. I’m just for zero tolerance,” he said.



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